Duel for Three Goals (Free)

This one-on-one exercise focuses on finishing skills under pressure, functional technique, agility, transition and competitiveness.

Published: 15.06.2015.
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Category: Soccer Drills - 1 v 1 Soccer Drills
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Age Age: 10 - 20+
Difficulty Difficulty: 3
Space Space: Quarter
Keeper Keeper: 1,2
Players Players: 8 - 14
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Cones, goals and sticks are placed as shown. Distances should be considered and created adequately to the given age group.

Players change their positions continuously between Positions A and B after every performed exercise. Players in Position C are marked with different colors and they change their positions and roles periodically.

Description and Graphics

The 1v1 exercise starts from PlayerA at the coach's sign. Player A passes the ball to Player C. Player C can decide the time he turns with the ball. Player C can pass the  ball back to Player A every time or receives the ball and turns around one of the chosen red sticks. Player A has to stay in position as long as Player C passes the ball back to him. As soon as Player C receives the ball Player A sprints and tries to intercept the ball from Player C. After shooting on goal Player B serves a ball to Player A.Player C becomes a defender and tries to win the ball from Player A. Player A has to score into on of the small goals. Player A can't ask the ball from Player B and has to follow Player C until Player C finishes his action.

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Duel for Three Goals

Coaching points

  • Take the 1v1 exercise competitive
  • Speed of the execution
  • Finishing against the keeper under the pressure of the defender
  • Closing shooting angles while defending
  • Motivation of the defender is essential
  • Changing pace with and without the ball
  • Quick transition
  • Stop the exercise and correct mistakes when needed
  • Take care of enough resting periods and extra balls
  • Modify the distances when needed

Set up

Number of Players: 8 - 14
Repetitions: 3 - 6
Series: 2 - 4
Time: 10 - 30
Intensity: 100 %


  • Small Cones: 6
  • Poles: 2
  • Goals: 1
  • Portable Goals: 2

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